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Sword & Sorcery meets The Office in this fast-paced card game about backstabbing and sucking up to an Evil Overlord!
Sword & Sorcery meets The Office in this fast-paced card game about backstabbing and sucking up to an Evil Overlord!
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Sword & Sorcery meets The Office in this easy and fun new card game! 

“All minions should be watered daily. Dehydration will only slow them down. Hunger on the other hand…”Motivating Your Minion, Evil Overlord Advice Column  

Working for an Evil Overlord is never the safest of jobs, nor the most prestigious, and certainly not the most lucrative, but there's still a certain amount of pride in doing so. That's especially true when the Overlord's fiendish plan for world domination finally comes to fruition. At that point, the best place to be is at the Overlord's side as their right-hand man, woman, or ogre. This lofty position over all other Minions is the single goal, the end-point, the focus of every Minion to become the one and only HENCHMAN.     

 

 

UPDATE: Rules Set Available for Viewing: 

https://tinyurl.com/HenchmanRules1

“Minions are cheap and easy, sometimes referred to as grunt power or cannon fodder. Henchmen, on the other hand, are worth their weight in… well, not gold, but something reasonably valuable. Copper? Yeah, copper.” Devin the Bloodletter, 60 Minute Candles

In Henchman: The Card Game, each player is a Minion working for an Evil Overlord. When the previous Henchman comes to the end of their employment—due entirely to unnatural causes, we assure you—it is exactly the opportunity these Minions have been looking for. They launch an epic competition of subterfuge, deceit, and backstabbing among themselves to prove which one is most worthy to become the next Henchman!

“Delegation is the second most important skill for a henchman, only slightly superseded by shifting blame.” The Idiot Henchman’s Survival Guide

Henchman: The Card Game is a light, fast-playing card game for 2-6 players featuring player interaction, some backstabbing, and a healthy dose of humor.  

Each player takes turns purchasing cards from a common market to build their personal set of skills before the core game begins. Once all players have purchased a unique collection of skills, these get added to the start cards common to all Minions. All players are now ready to begin attempting to increase their reputation with the Evil Overlord.  

Players take turns being the Minion in Charge (MIC). The MIC is responsible for doling out tasks to the other Minions, who then play cards to either help or hinder their abilities to complete the tasks. Completing a task rewards both the minion who undertook it, as well as the MIC—after all, one of the core responsibilities of any leader is delegation. However, failing to complete a task results in facing the wrath of the Evil Overlord.

“Any Evil Overlord who wants to accomplish anything quickly learns the value of Minion Resources. I’m trying to enslave an entire planet—I don’t have time to organize a Circle of Death to settle a complaint about somebody on the third Dungeon level stealing someone’s fungus smoothie!”Devin the Bloodletter, 60 Minute Candles

Once enough tasks have been completed that the Evil Overlord feels comfortable enough to launch their scheme, the Minion who has curried the most favor will become the new Henchman! Hopefully they last longer than the last one... 

“Failure has many fathers. Success has only one—the Overlord.” Slugworm Stew for the Minion’s Soul

Designed by gaming industry veterans Dylan Birtolo and John Helfers, Henchman: The Card Game supports 2 – 5 players and takes approximately 30 minutes to play. With a focus on quick gameplay, a humorous tone, and lots of player interaction, Henchman is the game where it's good to be bad!

“Congratulations, you’ve achieved your dream—you’re a Henchman! Working for an Evil Overlord—a tyrannical, ruthless, megalomaniacal villain bent on world domination who will reduce you to a grease spot on the floor the first time you screw up. Sounds great, right? Well, take a moment to change your underwear, and then read on to not only survive, but thrive in the cutthroat world of the professional henchman.” The Idiot Henchman’s Survival Guide

 

Stretch Goals:  

As with most good game Kickstarters, we are putting forth some stretch goals! Once we hit $1,000 over our $10,000 goal, we will begin adding in additional items for our backers! 

-$1,000 Over Goal: ($11,000 Total) Mo’ Minions, Mo’ Problems - Two Additional Limited Edition Minions added to each LE Set! 

-$2,500 Over Goal: ($12,000 Total) Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems - 4 Additional Limited Edition Task Cards added to each LE Set!  

-$5,000 Over Goal: ($15,000 Total) You asked for it! - We will upgrade your LE Set of Cards to a Full Deck! More Skills, More Minions, More Tasks! Use these to add some flavor to your game, or combine it with a second base set for an epic game supporting up to 12 players!

-$7.500 Over Goal: ($17,500 Total) Where we're going, we don't need MATH! - At this level, we will provide specialty Custom Tracking Counters for the Game! 

-$10,000 Over Goal: ($20,000 Total) - Roll Your Fate, Minion! - At this level, we will provide specialty Custom Tracking Dice for the Game! 

-$15,000 Over Goal ($25,000 Total) - Coin of Glory - A 2 inch Minion in Charge Challenge Coin will be provided to all backers above the $50.00 level. 

-$20,000 Over Goal ($30,000 Total) - Choose Your Master - The Alternate Overlord game dynamic will be added to the base set, allowing players to choose which Overlord to serve, each with their own different interests and goals. 

-$30,000 Over Goal ($40,000 Total) Say Hello to my Little Friend - We will upgrade the Miniature in Charge Challenge Coin to a playable Miniature In Charge Figurine. 

-$40,000 Over Goal ($50,000 Total) Meet Your Master - A playable Overlord Miniature will be added to all sets above $50.00. 

-$100,000 Over Goal ($110,000 Total) ...For there were no more worlds to conquer... - The Henchman Overlords will have a live video chat, focusing on whether they are in the wrong line of work. (There will also be a very special surprise addition to be announced upon hitting $50,000.)

Social Goals: 

Since we are experienced Kickstarter creators and backers, we do realize that all of our friends and fellow gamers can not always back to the level that we would hope, so we are big fans of providing some social stretch goals that cost nothing, but help us get our game out to the world!

-100 Likes on Facebook for Henchman: The Game!

-1000 Likes on Facebook for Henchman: The Game

-10,000 Likes on Facebook for Henchman: The Game

-100,000 Likes on Facebook for Henchman: The Game

- 100 Followers on Twitter for Henchman: The Game

- 1000 Followers on Twitter for Henchman: The Game

- 10,000 Followers on Twitter for Henchman: The Game

- 100,000 Followers on Twitter for Henchman: The Game

- Who's The Boss? - The True Evil Overlords of Clarion Game Studios, and the Henchman Design Team, are all Cats. Send us a copy of your Evil Overlord(s), and we will showcase some of our favorites in an Update! (Limit 2 Pictures to an Email!) If we get a total of 100 Individual Entries, you win this goal! 

- Show Us Your Unicorn - One of our Evil Overlords, Devin the Bloodletter, collects miniature Unicorns. Email us your favorite Unicorn Picture that you have created, and we will choose some to show to our devoted fans! If we get a total of 100 Individual Entries, you win this goal!

- Design the Magic Turnip - Our Social Media Manager is secretly trying to sneak a Magic Turnip Card in the deck. Help her design one, and have the joy of knowing she spoiled the CEO's evil plan to keep the Magic Turnip from your deck! We must get a total of 50 Individual Entries to win this goal!

- Choose the Fate... Of Dylan's Hideous Yellow Shirt - One of the Henchman designers, Dylan Birtolo, wears a horrific yellow shirt during conference calls that must be dealt with: Come up with an innovative plan for its demise, and it may be highlighted on our page! (We need at least 50 separate evil plans to reach this goal!) 

.... and more to come! 

To reward our backers, if we get 8 completed Social Goals, we will reveal our first Overlord to the world early! 

If you complete them all, we promise a special LE Surprise! 

Collaborations:

Have you ever wanted to be a game designer? Now is your chance! With Kickstarter's special November Collaborations Initiative, we are giving you a chance to help design part of Henchman: The Game! We will be doing four weeks of Collaboration projects: If chosen, you could have your design in the game, get recognition by your fellow gamers, and join our international team of designers and artists in gaming infamy! Each Week will have a different goal, so check back regularly! 

Week One: Create a Minion/Name a Minion

Week Two:  Draw a Minion 

Week Three: Design a Task Card 

Week Four: Design An Overlord - Tell Us Their Story Contest  

Risks and challenges

As with any Kickstarter, there is the chance that we will not reach our goal. If the Kickstarter does not reach its goal, we would not be able to put out the game, shelving it for one of our other upcoming products.

However, we have done everything we can to make this game a reality! We have streamlined our backer rewards, (hence why we are not doing items like T-Shirts or Challenge Coins at this time,) to ensure that we can get you your backer rewards as quickly as possible. (The dates listed on each backer level are just worst-case assumptions, in case we need more time, but we are hoping to get the games to all of our backers by April.) Clarion Game Studios LLC is also made up of experienced gaming industry professionals with extensive crowdfunding backgrounds, so we are confident in our planning. Most recently the CGS team has brought several successful games to Kickstarter, such as Hull Breach: Corporate Wars and Hull Breach: In Defiance of Dictators. Under the NSB Games umbrella, they successfully funded a $33,000 Kickstarter to reprint the line, and put out a new expansion in 2017.

Those who support Henchman: The Card Game can be assured that when the Kickstarter succeeds, we will get you a magnificent game!

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    Aside from getting all of the physical rewards for the game, (A single copy of the Game, a copy of the Kickstarter Only LE Card, all of the stretch goal items that are achieved) you also get to help design a single card element for the game itself, and receive collaborator credit! Draw card art, have your name in the card, or help design a card ability. Your creation will be included in the LE Card set, and you will get a special copy of your work to display for gamer immortality, signed by your fellow Henchman Design Team members!

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    “You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

    Collaborate with us to design your own Henchman card, and earn yourself a place in game immortality! Our artists and design team will work with you to create a card with your likeness upon it, and you will also get a full sized representation of your card, which will be included in the LE set.

    With this level, you will also receive all of the physical rewards for the game. (A single copy of Henchman: The Game, a copy of the Kickstarter Only LE Card, all of the stretch goal items that are achieved,)

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    Merchant of Evil

    Are you ready to bring many new Minions into the world? This package is specifically for our vendor friends, complete with fifteen sets of Henchman: The Game and Limited Edition cards to support your venue. Receive your copies before they hit the shelves, and have fifteen additional Limited Edition cards for supporting prospective Henchmen! (A $350+ value!)
    *This package is currently only available for US Domestic Shipping. If you would like to order this package for international shipping, please contact us directly, and we will accommodate!)

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    Aside from all of the physical goodies of the lower levels, (two copies of the game, the LE cards, all of the physical stretch rewards) you will be given an invitation to a special ‘Evil Overlord’ Masters Tournament at either Origins Game Fair or GenCon. You will be given the opportunity to meet the Overlords of Henchman: The Game, including Dylan Birtolo and John Helfers, the designers, and Michael Ciaravella, Chief Executive Officer of Clarion Game Studios. Ask about the game, current Clarion projects, or potentially even pitch your own! You could become the next Evil Overlord!

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    Overlord II: Back with a Vengeance!

    Aside from all of the physical goodies of the lower levels, (two copies of the game, the LE cards, all of the physical stretch rewards) you will be given an invitation to a special ‘Evil Overlord’ Masters Tournament at either Origins Game Fair or GenCon. You will be given the opportunity to meet the Overlords of Henchman: The Game, including Dylan Birtolo and John Helfers, the designers, and Michael Ciaravella, Chief Executive Officer of Clarion Game Studios. Ask about the game, current Clarion projects, or potentially even pitch your own! You could become the next Evil Overlord!

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    Aside from all of the (physical) goodies of the lower levels, (two copies of the game, the LE cards, all of the physical stretch rewards) you can also pitch your own game to an actual Game Designer! You will be invited to a special meeting with the Executive Design Team of Clarion Game Studios, and will get the opportunity to pitch your game. Your work will be reviewed by the full team, and you will get feedback from our team of gaming professionals. You will also be given the opportunity to meet the Overlords of Henchman: The Game, including Dylan Birtolo and John Helfers, the designers, and Michael Ciaravella, Chief Executive Officer of Clarion Game Studios. You may become the next Evil Overlord!

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    Aside from all of the (physical) goodies of the lower levels, (two copies of the game, the LE cards, all of the physical stretch rewards) you can also pitch your own game to an actual Game Designer! You will be invited to a special meeting with the Executive Design Team of Clarion Game Studios, and will get the opportunity to pitch your game at one of our major conventions. (Origins or GenCon) Your work will be reviewed by the full team, and you will get feedback from our team of gaming professionals. You will also be given the opportunity to meet the Overlords of Henchman: The Game, including Dylan Birtolo and John Helfers, the designers, and Michael Ciaravella, Chief Executive Officer of Clarion Game Studios. You may become the next Evil Overlord!

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    Grand Overlord III

    Aside from all of the (physical) goodies of the lower levels, (two copies of the game, the LE cards, all of the physical stretch rewards) you can also pitch your own game to an actual Game Designer! You will be invited to a special meeting with the Executive Design Team of Clarion Game Studios, and will get the opportunity to pitch your game at one of our major conventions. (Origins or GenCon) Your work will be reviewed by the full team, and you will get feedback from our team of gaming professionals. You will also be given the opportunity to meet the Overlords of Henchman: The Game, including Dylan Birtolo and John Helfers, the designers, and Michael Ciaravella, Chief Executive Officer of Clarion Game Studios. You may become the next Evil Overlord!

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